Science Writer (Full or Part Time)

National Physical Laboratory

NPL sits in a unique position between scientific discovery and real world application. The company`s quest is to impact on quality of life, innovation and competitiveness for not only UK citizens and businesses but globally too.

NPL hosts a management support unit for two large-scale European metrology research programmes jointly funded by the European Union and participating countries within EURAMET eV. The programme will run until 2024 and supports large pan-European collaborative research projects in measurement science.

As a Science Writer, you’ll create written content for EURAMET Management Support Unit (MSU) and provide some ad hoc support to the main NPL/EURAMET Communications team:

Working within the EURAMET Management Support Unit (MSU), you’ll edit and finalise research summaries for multi-institution, international research projects, in addition to writing other content such as case studies and project synopses.

This is an excellent opportunity for a Science Writer to join an expanding sector of the business and closely interact with a world-class scientific community of 500+ metrologists. Moreover, this role will provide you with a broad exposure to a diverse research organisation, producing technical and non-technical written material for a variety of channels.
As a Science Writer you will be able to understand complex scientific knowledge and translate it into scientific communications and educational materials.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Convert scientific outputs into written materials suitable for specialists and non-specialists.
  • Use a flexible writing style, adjusted to different communication types and media.
  • Coordinate and synchronise outputs from a number of projects.

You should have a science or engineering degree, experience of working in a research environment and communicating science. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential, and you must be adept at creating, interpreting, consolidating, structuring and presenting scientific information in a concise and effective manner, and in a range of formats.

  • Proven science writing/communications experience
  • Ability to understand complex topics and communicate them simply
  • Ability to effectively interview experts to understand their research
  • Ability to quality-check own work
  • Creative thinking and active problem-solving skills
  • Flair for writing captivating and convincing text
  • Understanding of publishing processes and different media/formats
  • Online, social media and printed publications experience
  • Advanced MS Office skills

An exciting opportunity

Based in a unique, purpose-built research environment, we are located in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park, south-west London with a host of onsite facilities. These include a subsidised crèche, restaurant and free parking.

NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities. NPL Management Limited is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter.


Closing date: 22nd January 2018

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